Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Coffee and Cake

We've given up tea treats for Lent
But we didn't give up sweets or desserts
Just teatime sweets!

On Wednesdays are church has evening services during Lent
The Youth of the church are providing dinner before church
I volunteered to bring a cake.

I had bananas in the larder
buttermilk in the fridge
pecans in the freezer
which made
a Buttermilk Banana Sheet Cake

The youth wouldn't miss one little piece
Which with a cup of coffee was my lunch!
The Johnsonville Indies is my blue and white coffeepot
There's something more civilized about pouring coffee from a china pot
rather from a glass carafe!

The cake is a good one

And the sheet cake is a perfect size!
I received compliments Sunday on the cake
And had requests for the recipe.

Alas, the inside bulbs have bloomed their last
But the outside ones have started

I picked up these two glass daffodil vases from one of my favorite shops,
Webster House in Kansas City
And they both were 20% off and came with bulb!

Besides paperwhites in January and February,
I can see these vases holding boughs of long stem flowers --
hydrangea, pussy willow, crab apple

And the bigger one might be perfect
for a December amaryllis!

The cake recipe --


  • Pam
  • 2/3 cup butter
  • 1 1/3 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups mashed bananas, about 3 large
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups  Flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • Your favorite cream cheese frosting or Betty Crocker in a can
HEAT oven to 350°F. Spray a 13 x 9-inch baking pan with no-stick cooking spray.

COMBINE shortening and sugar in large bowl; beat until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Blend in bananas and vanilla.

COMBINE flour, baking soda and salt in separate bowl; whisk or stir to blend. Blend about 1/3 of the flour mixture into the creamed mixture on medium low speed. Blend in about half of the buttermilk. Repeat with flour mixture and buttermilk, ending with remaining flour mixture. Stir in pecans. Pour into prepared pan.

BAKE 40 to 45 minutes or until cake begins to pull away from sides of pan and toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool. Spread frosting over top of cake.

It's Tuesday and I'm joining Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage for Tea Time Tuesday and Marty at A Stroll Thru Life for Inspire Me Tuesday


Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

Daffodil vases! I will be looking for those.

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Yum! Banana Sheet Cake sounds delightful, Martha! I love coffee served from a pretty coffee pot. When we used to visit my Auntie P years ago, before she gave all her Rose Chintz to me, she would serve coffee in the evening on a big tray using her Rose Chintz coffee pot and it was always such a treat! Now I get to enjoy it. Those vases are quite unique. Thanks for joining me for Tea Time and have a wonderful week.


Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

Hmm, I have hyacinth glass vases I haven't used for a long time but I've not seen ones for daffodils.
The cake looks yummy, and the recipe makes a large size, perfect for a number of people.

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

Coffee and cake sounds wonderful, Martha. I'll bet the youth enjoyed your cake (minus one little piece!) very much.

Pat said...

For the Youth to ask you to bring a cake shows their wisdom extends beyond their earthly years!
Love your Coffee Pot and the blue and white is classic!!!
Now about that SNOW!!! It is the Prairie and it is Springtime in Kansas, correct???
Here's to wishing you warmer snowless weather ahead!!!

Snap said...

Nothing like cake to keep the youth happy! It does sound good. Love your blue and white. Happy Tea Day!

Beth in NEPA said...

I would love to find some of those daffodil vases. I shall have to be on the lookout.

my cup of tea said...

Ooooo going to try this one!

Terri said...

Hello Martha,
Yum! Your banana cake looks so good! I love banana. That is so kind of you to share your recipe. Thank you!
I love those daffodil vases! They are wonderful!
Happy Spring!

Carrie said...

ooh, that banana cake sounds delicious! I'm having visions of making it into a cupcake...I've been on a cupcake binge lately ;).

GardenOfDaisies said...

The banana cake looks delicious. My husband brought home a whole bag of bananas last week. Cake or breakfast smoothies is the best way to use them up as fast as possible. Those vases will be lovely for so many long stemmed flowers!

Marilyn Miller said...

Your cake sounds and looks delicious! I don't think I have seen bulb vases, but a very clever idea. Now I will be looking for them.

The Charm of Home said...

Hi Martha,
That Banana Sheet Cake looks delicious. Your coffee pot is very pretty and makes for a lovely break time.